FULLERTON — Macy Peregrine and Halle Plumbtree provided a nice 1-2 punch for Fullerton.
The Warrior duo combined to hammer down 43 kills in a 25-14, 21-25, 25-17, 25-18 victory over Heartland Lutheran Tuesday at Fullerton High School.
Peregrine led the charge with 23 kills, while Plumbtree chipped in 21 for Fullerton, which just defeated the Red Hornets in five in the third-place match of the Goldenrod Conference Tournament.
“Those are two great players and we couldn’t stop them tonight,” Heartland Lutheran coach Carli Lindeman said.
Fullerton coach Megan Plumbtree, Halle’s mother, said those two provide a nice threat.
“We have one weak rotation where those two aren’t in the front row at all, but once we can get out of that, we can be unstoppable, especially when those two are in the front row together,” coach Plumbtree said. “They both do a great job for us when they are in the front row and can be pretty dominating up front too.”
They certainly were Tuesday night. Halle Plumbtree did most of the damage in the first set as she had eight kills and helped the Warriors cruise to the victory in the opener.
Heartland Lutheran was able to contain the two players just a little bit in the second set, and Elizabeth Bergdolt caught fire with six kills, including at set point, to help the Red Hornets even the match up at 1-all.
But Peregrine turned up the heat in the next two sets by hammering down 13 kills to help Fullerton pull away late in each stanza to take the victory over the Red Hornets.
Coach Plumbtree said those two may have done most of the damage, but she thought Shylee Willard and Ashley Franzen played well as well. Willard added six kills, while Franzen chipped in four.
“Those two players have stepping up big for us the last few matches,” she said. “We do a great job of getting out of that weak rotation and come up with some big kills when we need them to.”
Sydney Schmitt added eight kills and 18 digs, while Claire Hiegel added four kills, 14 digs and 16 assists.
Lindeman said the Red Hornets just need to move on from the loss.
“It’s tough and I felt we played a mental game tonight and it got to our heads,” Lindeman said. “That hurt us. We just need to move on from this and continue to work hard to get better in practice tomorrow.”
Fullerton 3, Heartland Lutheran 1
Heartland Lutheran (18-6) 14 25 17 18
Fullerton (17-8) 25 21 25 25
HEARTLAND LUTHERAN (Kills-aces-blocks) — Kennadi DeMuth 0-0-0, Katie Voichahoske 0-3-0, Kenna Swertzic 1-0-0, Kaitlyn Conway 1-0-0, Tia Wetovick 1-0-0, Ashley Frenzen 4-2-0, Katelyn Warner 0-0-0, Macy Peregrine 23-2-0, Shylee Willard 6-1-0, Halle Plumbtree 21-1-5.
FULLERTON (Kills-aces-blocks) —Justine Bader 3-1-0, Elizabeth Bergdolt 10-1-3, Megan Bluschke 0-0-0, Claire Hiegel 4-3-0, Emily Wiegert 3-1-0, Kara Wiegert 0-0-0, Alyssa Roehrich 3-0-1, Sydney Schmitt 8-4-0.
SET ASSISTS — HL: Hiegel 16, E. Wiegert 10. FUL: Voichahoske 45, Conway 4, Warner 1,